History | Sep 07 2018

On This Day: Mike Tyson knocks out Bruce Seldon with ‘phantom punch’

All too easy for MIke Tyson as Bruce Seldon goes down from from glancing blows in farcical defence of his title, writes Nick Bond
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IN one of the more bizarre world heavyweight title fights, the WBA’s defending champion Bruce Seldon timidly surrendered his crown to Mike Tyson in 109 seconds at the MGM Grand on September 7, 1996.

Seldon appeared petrified as he climbed in the ring and was down twice in total from not one significant blow. The crowd booed it’s displeasure with chants of “fix… fix…” and even Tyson looked surprised at the ease with which the “Atlantic City Express” was derailed.

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